Let’s celebrate summer with some of the best genre books coming out this month: a romance, a thriller, a mystery, and a science-fiction novel.
Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? by Megan Frampton: Our reviewer calls this “a conventional Regency tale of two delightfully unconventional lovers”: Michael, Duke of Hadlow, and Edwina Cheltam, a recently widowed mother he hires as his secretary—propriety be damned. “With chapters punctuated by reasons dukes fall in love (‘26. Because no one dares to tell them they shouldn’t’), the story moves Michael and Edwina from feelings of lust to a blossoming love that neither can admit.”
Guilty Minds by Joseph Finder: A thriller that isn’t quite ripped from the headlines, though the Supreme Court is certainly much in the news this election season: “Hired to clear the chief justice of the United States of dallying with a call girl, Boston-based investigator Nick Heller becomes entwined in a complicated scheme that leads to murder.” Our reviewer says, “Finder shows off his top-notch storytelling skills, moving with ease from high places to low in the nation's capital.”
The Baker Street Jurors by Michael Robertson: What would happen if Sherlock Holmes was called to jury duty? Solicitor Nigel Holmes will soon find out, “presiding as he does (with his absent brother, Reggie) over the Baker Street Law Chambers.” Our reviewer says that “Robertson, who seems to command an unlimited stream of clever ideas for recycling the Holmes legend without resuscitating the great man, outdoes himself in the most effervescent of his five Baker Street cocktails to date.”
Supernova by C.A. Higgins: “Constance Harper, known as the Mallt-y-Nos, has started a revolution: she’s destroyed the Earth and ignited a civil war that’s engulfing the whole solar system. She can’t afford to let her feelings sway her from her intended course: taking down the all-powerful System.” This book is a sequel to Lightless (2015), and our reviewer writes that “Higgins keeps the tension high while raising questions about what it means to be human, to be a fighter, to be powerful.”
Laurie Muchnick is the fiction editor.